The world's most expensive film productions as of May 2017 (in million U.S. dollars)

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Production costs in million U.S. dollars
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides378.5
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End300
Avengers: Age of Ultron279.9
John Carter263.7
Tangled260
Spider-Man 3258
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince250
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies250
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice250
Captain America: Civil War250
The Fate of the Furious250
Spectre245
Star Wars: The Force Awakens245
Avatar237
The Dark Knight Rises230
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian225
The Lone Ranger225
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest225
Man of Steel225
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug225
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This statistics shows the most expensive film productions worldwide. The most expensive production of all time is the fourth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series - "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides", directed by Rob Marshall and starring such Hollywood stars as Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz or Geoffrey Rush. The movie was produced by the Disney Studios and cost 378.5 million U.S. dollars.


Film productions – additional information

A film’s production refers to the time when it is created and shot. This stage involves crew members including the director, assistant directors, picture and sound editors, photographers, script supervisors and of course the actors themselves. The distribution of a film sees the film enter its final stage where it is released and distributed to cinemas, launch parties are arranged and premieres and press releases are held.

Key data on the global movie production and distribution industry has been collated for the year 2016. During that year, there were an estimated 568 thousand employees at approximately 60 thousand separate businesses in the movie production and distribution industry worldwide.

The profit of a film is the revenue it generates at the box office, subtracted by the total production costs. Between 2004 and 2013, the average profit per Hollywood film has been calculated according to genre. The results show that American cinema is still attracting theatre goers although the comedy genre seems to be less of a draw, as on average, a comedy film in Hollywood only generated a profit of 31 million U.S. dollars in the stated time period. In comparison, animated films which often boast of huge production costs, managed to make an average profit of 325 million U.S. dollars.

The quality of the cast, direction and script can make or break a film at the box office. A film’s legacy can be measured in terms of how many awards it wins, how many people can quote from it years after its release, or the iconic status that its props acquire. Cinemas greatest fans will often pay above and beyond to get their hands on some of films most iconic props and a list of the most expensive movie props of all time was compiled in August 2014. Marilyn Monroe’s white dress from The Seven Year Itch topped the list with a selling price of 4.6 million dollars. Other highly priced souvenirs included two of James Bond’s cars, the Delorean from Back to the Future, two of Audrey Hepburn’s dresses and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.

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